Winter Skin Care the Natural Way
Nine Simple Tips for Softer Healthier Winter Skin
Winter is a wonderful time of the year - holidays, warm
fires, crisp air, and for many, fresh fallen snow. But the
colder temperature and lower humidity affect the condition of
your skin and hair. Lower humidity just goes along with colder
temperatures even if you live in a more temperate area without
Here are some suggestions for winter skin care to protect
your skin and hair:
1. Sun protection is very important in the winter months,
just as it is year-round. Many people forget to use sunscreen,
but sun reflects off snow and ice, and you can actually get
double the sun exposure.
2. Sun Glasses are even more important in the winter around
snow. Believe me, you don't want to know the agony of
being snow blind. Without sun glasses, you squint and that can
lead to wrinkles around your eyes.
3. Elbows, knees, and feet are completely covered in the
winter months, and usually forgotten until spring. Clothing and
boots can cause friction that creates a buildup of thick skin.
A good scrubbing with a natural lofah sponge, followed by a
rich cream will remove any problems here.
4. The skin on your hands is thinner than on other areas of
your body. Hands needs extra protection and winter skin care.
Make sure that after washing your hands you dry them and use a
good hand cream. Wearing gloves outdoors will also protect them
and keep your skin soft.
5. Public restrooms with their hot air dryers and paper
towels may be more sanitary but they are definitely hard on
your hands. Carry a small tube of your favorite hand
lotion in your purse.
6. Protecting your lips with a good lip balm is good winter
skin care. Avoid licking your lips as much as possible, since
that will cause your lips to crack and chap. Drink more water
to give your lips moisture. If you get a bad case of chapped or
cracked lips, use a good herbal lip balm before bed, and you
should be good to go in the morning.
7. Winter winds and low humidity are also hard on your hair,
and using a rich, deep hair conditioner is important to restore
moisture to your hair. If you wash your hair every day, during
the winter try washing it every other day. Brushing your
hair every night will move the oil from your scalp onto the
hair making it look healthier.
8. When it gets cold there is a natural desire to warm up in
the bath or shower and turn the water just a little warmer than
normal. Don't - that hot water will only strip the
natural oils from your skin. Of course you need a good
moisturizer after that bath.
9. Men will benefit from a good non-scented lotion on their
legs, and guys try a lotion aftershave during the winter
months. If your face becomes really chapped with daily
shaving, try shaving with a skin lotion rather than shaving
cream. Hard on blades, but great winter skin care.
Here are some unusual but still some of the best natural
beauty ingredients available for winter skin and hair care:
- Baking Soda - can be used as a deodorant, bath powder,
or tooth whitener. Mixed with water, it helps remove
residues from hairstyling products, making your hair clean
- Beans - Finely ground until powder-like, beans
make a great cleanser for your face and body: just add the
powdered beans to your favorite cleanser and massage into
damp skin. Dry beans are rich in protein, potassium and
iron, all good ingredients for healthy skin.
- Citrus Fruit - contains citric acid, which kills
bacteria on the skin. Also, the fresh scent is a known
energizer. Rinse your hair with lemon juice mixed with
water when you hair is dull and tired.
- Maple Syrup - can be used as a facial mask, or hair
conditioner, and it's one of the best natural moisturizers.
For best results, make sure you look for syrup marked 100%
- Tea Tree Oil - this oil has very powerful antibacterial
and antiviral qualities, and it's easily absorbed by the
© 2006 Answers For Your Health/Winter Skin Care